Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design

Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design

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by Jenifer Tidwell
     
 

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Despite all of the UI toolkits available today, it's still not easy to design good application interfaces. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems

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Despite all of the UI toolkits available today, it's still not easy to design good application interfaces. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options. By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand.

This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software. Each pattern contains full-color examples and practical design advice that you can use immediately. Experienced designers can use this guide as a sourcebook of ideas; novices will find a roadmap to the world of interface and interaction design.

  • Design engaging and usable interfaces with more confidence and less guesswork
  • Learn design concepts that are often misunderstood, such as affordances, visual hierarchy, navigational distance, and the use of color
  • Get recommendations for specific UI patterns, including alternatives and warnings on when not to use them
  • Mix and recombine UI ideas as you see fit
  • Polish the look and feel of your interfaces with graphic design principles and patterns

"Anyone who's serious about designing interfaces should have this book on their shelf for reference. It's the most comprehensive cross-platform examination of common interface patterns anywhere."—Dan Saffer, author of Designing Gestural Interfaces (O'Reilly) and Designing for Interaction (New Riders)

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User interface tools have become richer, but designing intuitive software is still tough. (If you’re designing for cellphones, GPS systems, DVRs, or other new contraptions, it’s even tougher.) Designing Interfaces organizes today’s best wisdom into patterns you can use, learn from, riff on. Use it to build interfaces that meet your unique challenges -- and leverage your creativity -- even as they remain friendly and familiar.

Jenifer Tidwell begins with the patterns of user behavior that should drive your work. (Users want instant gratification, settle for “good enough,” sometimes change their minds...) Then, thoughtfully and systematically, she addresses information architecture; application structure; navigation and wayfinding; displaying complex data; supporting user commands, actions, and input; and a whole lot more. There’s even a chapter on making applications look great -- without sacrificing one iota of usability. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449379704
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
547
Sales rank:
202,656
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jenifer Tidwell has been designing and building user interfaces for industry for more than a decade. She has been researching user interface patterns since 1997, and designing and building complex applications and web interfaces since 1991.

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